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4.3.1 Introduction to ms

The original -ms macros were included with AT&T troff as well as the man macros. While the man package is intended for brief documents that can be read on-line as well as printed, the ms macros are suitable for longer documents that are meant to be printed rather than read on-line.

The ms macro package included with groff is a complete, bottom-up re-implementation. Several macros (specific to AT&T or Berkeley) are not included, while several new commands are. See Differences from AT&T ms, for more information.